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How to Make Hot Apple Cider

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Drink hot apple cider and warm your soul

Hot apple cider or mulled cider is a delicious traditional cold weather drink. It's my favorite drink during autumn, my favorite season, as I look forward to the cool and crisp air replacing the heat and humidity of summer. But it's also wonderful during winter when it's freezing or snowy outside and I try to keep warm inside.

I love the scents of apples and cinnamon. You could create them in your home by baking a pie or buying candles but my favorite way is by making hot apple cider.

Whether you are enjoying a cozy evening by the fire or throwing a holiday get together, hot mulled cider warms your body and soul every time. This drink is really simple to make even from scratch, so it's a great way to warm the heart of a large group.

A friend of mine related her experience of coming home to a hot apple cider her mom had prepared on a chilly Halloween night. It warmed not just her body but also her soul.

So is it cold or at least cool where you are right now? Well, what are you waiting for? Let's make some hot apple cider and create a magical experience!

Hot apple cider recipe

Instructions for making the best hot mulled cider

What you need

  • 1 Gallon fresh cider
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp whole allspice
  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar
  • 1 square of cheesecloth
  • large stock pot
  • ladle
  • mugs


1. Pour one gallon of fresh cider into a large pot on the stove or into a crockpot or slow cooker.

2. Add a half cup of brown sugar.

3. Place 1 teaspoon of whole cloves, 1 teaspoon of whole allspice, and 3 cinnamon sticks on a square of cheesecloth and tie up. Add to the pot.

4. Heat the cider to a boil, stirring regularly. Leave the pot uncovered so that you and your family or guests can enjoy the warm, delicious aroma.

5. Once the cider boils, lower the setting to simmer for at least another 15 minutes to allow for thorough infusion of the spices. Stir occasionally.

6. Remove the spices from the pot and ladle hot mulled cider into mugs or other glasses designed for hot beverages.

7. Optional (for the grown-ups) - if you like you can add alcohol such as bourbon, rum, gin, cognac, or even red wine. The choice is really yours. My favorite is cinnamon schnapps as it really complements the rich, sweet flavor of the hot apple cider. You should do this last to prevent the alcohol from cooking off.


I recommend this Rachael Ray 17658 Brights nonstick stock pot for making your delicious hot mulled cider

This 6 quart stock/stew pot is ideal for stews, soups, sauces, and of course... hot apple cider. Its straight, deep sides, seamless interior nonstick surface and snug-fitting lid allow for slow, moist cooking while the shatter-resistant glass lid makes it easy to keep an eye on what's brewing. The durable aluminum construction promotes even heating, helping to reduce hot spots that can burn foods. The grippy side handles are easy and comfortable to grasp, and are dual riveted for extra strength.

Bonus tips

1. If you don't have cheesecloth, use a coffee filter to hold the spices.

2. You may also use other spices such as star anise, ginger, coriander or cardamom.

3. For a decorative touch, stud an apple with cloves and let it float in your cider pot instead of adding cloves to your spice bag.

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4. Create sachets of your favorite spice mixture to cut down the preparation time in the future, and you can also share them with others.

This is what they used in the old days to make hot apple cider completely from scratch

antique apple cider press

antique apple cider press

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So how did your hot apple cider turn out? Or perhaps you have a slightly different recipe or additional tips for making a wonderful hot mulled cider. Share them with us below!

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knitstricken on January 19, 2013:

Mmmmmmmmm. I sure would love a warm glass of apple cider right now. I'll be trying your recipe soon. Thank you for a lovely lens. Yoour choice of the autumn theme really ties it all together! :o)

Essentially Ind on October 08, 2012:

I will definitely try it.......:)

rawwwwwws lm on October 08, 2012:

Yum thanks for sharing!

Landonite on October 20, 2011:

Yum, Every year my family makes their own cider, This reminds me of home. *thumbs up*

WriterBuzz on October 09, 2010:

I just found your lens. I like it a lot. Thanks for building it. Gave you a thumbs up.

heidishome on September 27, 2010:

Great lens! I am adding it to some of my apple lenses! Thank you!

Christine Hulme from SE Kent, England on September 25, 2010:

umm- I can almost smell it already. Certainly worth trying it to warm and spice up the Winter!

Joan Hall from Los Angeles on September 21, 2010:

Yum, yum. Got to do this sometime.

happynutritionist on September 20, 2010:

We use a recipe close to this using a crock pot each Thanksgiving:-)

Paula Atwell from Cleveland, OH on September 20, 2010:

I have to admit that I am more of a hot chocolate girl than a cider girl, but this is an excellent explanation. :)

Othercatt on September 20, 2010:

This sounds way better than the packet I buy at the store! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Jennifer P Tanabe from Red Hook, NY on November 23, 2009:

Love hot apple cider! Can almost smell it already.

Kate Phizackerl1 on November 23, 2009:

nicely presented

momto4 lm on September 20, 2009:

I wish I had a cup of this right now! I can't wait to try it!

bdkz on September 20, 2009:


Sue Dixon from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK on September 19, 2009:

mmm..I can smell it now! Must try this.

anonymous on September 19, 2009:

This is perfect. I bet this lens is going to be a huge hit during the holiday season. 5*****

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